DENVILLE, NJ – Her work with a non-profit group fighting the spread of malaria landed a Denville woman an award, and a $500 scholarship, from an Essex County organization.

Jacqueline Smith, a senior at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, was presented with a Nancy and Robert Eskow/ National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Essex Volunteer Award. These are given to select graduating high school seniors, from schools in Essex County, “who have shown a commitment and dedication to making life better for others locally or globally,” said a statement from the NCJW.

The organization said Smith “has dedicated her young life to doing her part in trying to prevent malaria transmission by working with the non-profit Nothing But Nets,” a charity that sends a bed net to Africa for every ten dollar donation. Netting is a cost-effective way to prevent the spread of malaria.

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“For the past four summers, Smith has worked at a local day camp and has created fun games involving various nets as a way of raising money,” noted NCJW. “After combining all donations from entry fees and spare change, Smith has been able to gather together over $3,370 for the organization, which is enough to send over 337 nets to families all over Africa.”

Smith was recently named a “Champions Council Member” for her success, said NCJW. It said she has hosted advocacy sessions with United States senators, traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress and has been recognized by the United Nations, on International Youth Day, for her efforts.

The NCJW quoted Smith as saying, “I have the faith and hope that maybe a child saved through a bed net could survive, go to school, and become a leader to bring their communities out of their overwhelming despair.”

Winners of the Nancy and Robert Eskow Volunteer Award reflect the mission and values of NCJW/Essex through their commitment and dedication to community service projects and advocacy experienced during their high school careers.

Smith will be attending the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.